Newcastle United may have to agree to a deal worth £20 million if they hope to make Joe Willock’s loan from Arsenal permanent, according to a report from the Daily Mirror.
Willock has proved to be an inspired signing for the Magpies. He scored on his debut as Newcastle beat Southampton.
And he has earned Steve Bruce’s side three points across his last two appearances. He scored the late equaliser against Spurs. And he followed that up with the winner against West Ham on Saturday.
His form is bound to leave Mikel Arteta with plenty to ponder heading into the summer. But the Daily Mirror notes that Bruce has already expressed his desire to hold onto the 21-year-old.
The report claimed that Bruce is not yet sure whether Newcastle will have the funds to make the move permanent.
And the Daily Mirror has suggested that the funds required will be £20 million.
In truth, if Willock continues to impress between now and the end of the campaign, it seems unlikely that Arsenal will be happy to let him go for just £20 million.
He had struggled for game-time before his loan exit. But the talent he possessed was rarely in doubt. Arteta himself, lauded his ‘special’ qualities back in November (via The Sun).
He is now delivering in the Premier League. So letting him go for £20 million may be a decision that divides Arsenal fans if he does end up leaving.
Meanwhile, it will not sit well with Newcastle supporters if the club miss out on making his switch permanent if that is indeed his asking price.